Ballon d’Or Dream Team announced: former Barcelona stars Xavi and Maradona selected as best ever midfielders

Former Barcelona stars Xavi Hernandez and Diego Maradona have both been selected in the Ballon d’Or Dream Team, which was announced on Monday.

Both players were selected from the shortlist to be voted into the best players ever in their respective positions.

Xavi made 767 first-team appearances for the Catalan giants between 1998 and 2015, alongside winning 133 caps for the Spanish national team.

He won eight La Liga titles alongside three Copa del Rey crowns and four Champions League trophies in his total of 25 titles with the club.

Barcelona news and Maradona news in recent weeks has focused on the sad passing of the Argentine superstar, who was aged 60, after suffering a cardiac arrest at a home in Tigre, Argentina.

Widely considered as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Maradona netted an incredible 38 goals in 58 appearances for the Catalan giants, whom he joined in 1982, before moving to Napoli in 1984 and winning two Serie A titles in Naples.

The German Lothar Matthaus and Brazilian legend Pele were also voted onto the team in the midfield positions.

Shortlists for Ballon d’Or greatest ever midfielders

Defensive midfielders: Bozsik, Busquets, Didi, Falcao, Gerrard, Gerson, Guardiola, Masopust, Matthaus, Neskens, Pirlo, Redondo, Rijkaard, Schuster, Seedorf, Luis Suárez, Tardelli, Tigana, Xabi Alonso and Xavi.

Attacking midfielders: Baggio, Charlton, Di Stéfano, Francescoli, Gullit, Hagi, Iniesta, Kopa, Kubala, Maradona, Mazzola, Pelé, Platini, Puskas, Rivera, Schiaffino, Socrates, Totti, Zico and Zidane.

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